Identifying pollution prevention opportunities in the Mexican auto refinishing industry

Nora Munguía*, Andrea Zavala, Amina Marin, Rafael Moure-Eraso, Luis Velazquez

*Autor correspondiente de este trabajo

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Purpose: The purpose of this article is to explore the pollution prevention practices performed by workers in the Mexican auto refinishing industry as well as their implications on the occupational, safety and environmental health of workers and community. Design/methodology/approach: Interviewer-administered questionnaires were conducted with shop owners, workers, and neighbors, and repeated site visits to collect information on occupational practices (personal protective equipment (PPE) in use, engineering controls, hazard communication, level of technology), environmental impact (chemicals usage, wastes amounts, disposal, supply chain, impact to the neighborhood), and possible symptoms of work-related adverse health effects. Findings: The findings indicate that the Mexican auto body shop industry is not consistent with the accepted precepts of sustainability because it is not addressing the underlying topics of health, safety, and environment. When comparing working conditions between auto body workers in developed countries and those in Mexico, it is evident that Mexican workers perform their tasks under critical conditions; therefore, under considerable occupational and environmental risks. Practical implications: This article reveals five P2 opportunities that seem to have a potential relevance to the development of prevention and intervention strategies in the region to secure long-term economic growth while improving environmental and working conditions. Originality/value: This article provides the first insights about several opportunities for adopting pollution prevention strategies that improve environmental and occupational conditions in the auto refinishing industry in developing countries.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)324-335
Número de páginas12
PublicaciónManagement of Environmental Quality: An International Journal
EstadoPublicada - 2010


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